Keynote Speakers

Three Industry Leaders to Keynote at Nano 2017


Opening Keynote: Monday, 5 June , 4:00-5:30pm

Life in a start-up: the CelluForce Experience

Sébastien Corbeil
President & CEO


Sébastien Corbeil joined the company in 2015 to speed up the commercialization of nanocrystalline cellulose, an advanced biomaterial extracted from wood fibers. Mr. Corbeil has more than 20 years of international management experience.

Prior to joining CelluForce, Mr. Corbeil held several leadership positions with the SUEZ Group in Europe where he developed new products, launched new business units and helped reposition ailing companies. He came back to Canada in 2013 and served as Vice-President for EnGlobe Corp, in charge of a major acquisition project.

Mr. Corbeil started his career as a research engineer in Pulp and Paper with industrial gas giant Air Liquide in Chicago. Mr. Corbeil holds a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in chemical engineering from McGill University, as well as a MBA from DePaul University.

Luncheon Keynote: Tuesday, 6 June, 12:00-2:00pm

Trevor Stuthridge
Executive Vice President


Dr. Trevor Raymond Stuthridge holds the position of Executive Vice President at FPInnovations, with overall leadership responsibilities for R&D operations, business development and organisational strategy.

FPInnovations is a not-for-profit world leader that specializes in the creation of scientific solutions in support of the Canadian forest sector's global competitiveness and responds to the priority needs of its industry members and government partners. FPInnovations' 525 employees and R&D laboratories are located in Quebec City, Montreal, and Vancouver, and it has technology transfer offices across Canada.

Dr. Stuthridge has served as a chairperson, director, strategic advisor or executive manager for a broad range of national and international research initiatives and technology commercialisation opportunities relating to sustainable forest management, wood processing innovation, waste utilisation, environmental risk management, biofuels and bioenergy, clean technologies, climate change, and life-cycle assessment. In addition, he has developed and maintained numerous direct collaborations in academic research, government investment, commercial science and innovation.

Trevor has a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Waikato in New Zealand plus executive qualifications in business management and governance. He also serves as an Adjunct Professor at both University of British Columbia and ‎University of Toronto. 

Luncheon Keynote: Thursday, 8 June, 12:00-2:00pm

Canada’s Innovation System: Producing Nanoproducts with a Macro Effect!

John Kozij
Director of General Policy, Economics and Industry
Canadian Forest Service


Learn how Canada’s innovation system helped to support the forest industry’s shift to developing renewable nanomaterials and what is now required to advance the commercialization of these new products.  Canada’s success was facilitated by the strong partnerships involving federal, provincial, academia and industry in pooling resources and targeting research that aligns with industry needs.  Coordinated efforts in connecting the R&D system with the necessary capital programs have allowed Canadian companies to access the “first mover” advantage currently present for many of these new technologies, where the first producers/nations to manufacture a product are most likely to retain the dominant position.

Current R&D and early success in the commercialization of the next generation of cellulose-based products suggests that these nanomaterials have a broad range of potential applications in traditional forest products such as paper and building materials, and in non-traditional industries, such as medical, defence, electronics, automotive, and aerospace. The Government of Canada is continuing to support this next phase of ensuring that as many new products go on to be commercialized by providing the necessary policy framework. With Canada as 2017 Chair, the Canadian Council of Forest Ministers, comprised of the federal government with its provincial and territorial partners, is developing a Forest Bioeconomy Framework. This framework will help to further the commercialization of nanomaterials by providing an over-arching framework to enhance collaboration and further mobilize talent and technologies.

John Kozij is the Director General of the Policy, Economics and Industry Branch of the Canadian Forest Service at the Department of Natural Resources Canada.  Prior to joining NRCan in January of 2015 he was the Director General of Land and Environmental Management and the Director General of the Northern Policy and Science Integration Branch at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) where a large preoccupation included developing and championing Canada’s Northern Strategy.  Prior to joining AANDC in the summer of 2007 as a Northern strategic policy director, he worked at Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) as policy director on Aboriginal skills and training, was a senior officer with the Privy Council Office, and a senior economist with the Canadian International Development Agency.